With J.J. Abrams’ (notice how no one is saying George Lucas) The Rise of Skywalker just days away from either changing your life or ruining it; everyone is out there on the junket circuit telling cute little stories about working with J.J., the end of the saga, and their opinions on lens flares and the like.
But John Boyega? The dude has successfully shoved his foot in his mouth.
In a recent interview, our good Finn-tastic pal said, “The Force Awakens I think was the beginning of something quite solid, The Last Jedi if I’m being honest I’d say that was feeling a bit iffy for me. I didn’t necessarily agree with a lot of the choices in that and that’s something that spoke to Mark [Hamill] a lot about and we had conversations about it. And it was hard for all of us, because we were separated.”
Hey, John Boyega? Shut the hell up.
Are you really going out and promoting the third movie of a trilogy that most likely made that bank account of yours look pretty damn amazing, and telling everyone you hated the last one you were in? Haven’t you learned from Hollywood celebrities that if you’re going to bag on a movie you were in previously, that you wait at least until you’re done working for said set of movies before you start talking shit? Don’t you realize that people who may not have seen the last one, which included key plot points that bridge the story to The Rise of Skywalker, are now going to go into that rewatch with your baggage on their backs? Haven’t you thought about your parent company, Disney, who doesn’t care so much about your experience on that last film, but does care about people watching it? Don’t you realize that those residuals you get from the last movie are directly related to the number of people who watch it?
So, yeah. Shut up.
It’s one thing to be rebooting an entire new part of a Universe (like, oh I don’t know, Ghostbusters), and talking shit about why your new version will have nothing to do with the most recent version that tanked at the box office. But when you are still actually in the actual friggin trilogy? That’s like telling your wife, who gave you two children prior, while she’s giving birth, that you were never a fan of that second kid she delivered to you. Not only is it going to piss off your wife, but anyone who likes your second kid is going to start to wonder what kind of parent you really are. What kind of person you really are.
So what kind of person are you, John Boyega?
I’d like you to be the kind of person who can play a part in a movie; a movie that the Universe cares about, and not shit on that Universe before we buy tickets to another trip to that Universe. I’d like you to be a good employee and support the entire vision, not just part of it. I’d like you to be like that co-worker who doesn’t bag on the Accounting Department while telling everyone the HR department is really where it’s at.
I think people are spending a lot of time talking about their expectations for The Rise of Skywalker, but you know what?
This is the story I want to hit.
(And I want to hit John Boyega, too.)
12/12/19: A response to the above post has been added here.